Alabama vs. Troy Post Game Quotes



Nov. 15, 2010

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Alabama Head Coach Anthony Grant
Opening statement:
“I thought our guys came out with good defensive effort tonight. We played in spurts, so obviously we need to get a little more consistent in terms of the energy and effort we give on the defensive end. The key for us tonight was to stop the three, and they didn’t get many until the few at the end. We did a really good job of taking away the three-point line. Also, to look and see 19 assists to nine turnovers, that is progress for our team.”

On his team limiting turnovers tonight:
“The pace of the game was so up-and-down. They were in a zone pretty much the entire night. We had a difficult time trying to find some shots, and we forced some things. Overall, I thought we did a good job of finding gaps in the zone, making some shots, and showing a lot of patience.”

On the team’s shot selection:
“I thought we took some early threes, but I think once we settled down and got the ball inside and reversed the ball from side-to-side, we found some gaps in their zone. For us, getting stops on the defensive end and having that lead to transition, the pace of the game all of a sudden got to our liking. That happened for about a four or five minute stretch in the second half, which really opened up the game. We need to find ways to manufacture points when we get in the half court, and I thought we struggled with that tonight.”

On Trevor Releford:
“He has obviously done a great job as a freshman. He is still learning. He does a lot of good things, but at the same time, he learns with every game. I wasn’t too happy with the turnover at the end of the half that lead to a run-out basket. All of our guys have a tremendous amount of confidence when the ball is in his hands, and if they do what they are supposed to do, they will be rewarded. He brings a presence to the court for us with his leadership qualities. I think Ben Eblen is also doing a great job in the same respect in terms of the way he pushes the pace of the game and plays with defensive intensity. We are getting good play out of those two guys.”

#1 JaMychal Green Forward
On playing as a team:
“We just planned on going out there, playing together as a team and doing what Coach Grant told us to go out there and do. The game is all about having fun and we were able to do that in the win.”

On Troy’s second-half spurts:
“We just took our foot off the gas. I felt like we didn’t go out there and do what we needed to on defense. We let up and let them get some three’s. We didn’t contest some and basically that was our fault.”

#12 Trevor Releford Guard
On his success in the game:
“I think we were more comfortable in this game. I think everyone made more of those little plays with less nervousness and that played a big part in the game.”

On playing against a team with a similar style:
“That’s when we are at our best, when they play our style.”

On his having more chances to drive to the basket:
“Coach just told me to find gaps, get in there, and take the lay-up if I have the chance. They kept giving it to me so I kept taking it.”

#21 Senario Hillman Guard
On the team’s play tonight:
“I think we turned it up a little bit and wore them down. We managed to get some stops and fast breaks in the first half.”

On what to take from this game:
“Well we have to go look at film and figure out our mistakes. We have to get better and learn from those mistakes.”

#5 Tony Mitchell Forward
On his four dunks in the win:
“We just try to play up-tempo, keep the ball moving and find the open guy. I just happened to be open a couple times down the stretch.”

On having a tough opponent next in Seton Hall:
“I just look for us to go out and play the way we’ve been playing and for everybody to play our style of play.”

On defensive lapses in the second half:
“Well we just have to keep going. We can’t take plays off. Just because we’re up doesn’t mean the game’s over, we just have to keep going.”

Troy Head Coach Don Maestri
Opening statement:
“Any time you lose like this you look for something positive, and tonight we outrebounded them by one and when you do that against an SEC team and the caliber of athletes they have, that was a good sign. One of the reasons for that was because we played so hard. Our kids played extremely hard on offense and defense. We didn’t hit a lot of wide-open shots which is sad because we really did have some good looks. I think there are some good things that came out of the game, and with any team that’s young, every game is a learning experience.”

On how many of the missed shots were due to pressure by Alabama and how much of it was due to being in this type of venue:
“I would think that a lot of it was being in this atmosphere for the first time. The crowd got into it at times. The size of the facility may have had something to do with it. For a kid who has never played in a facility like this, it does have an effect on your mental state a little bit. Some of the shots were wide open at times, and it had nothing to do with their defense. I just think our kids executed what we were trying to do well. In the beginning we were trying to hold the ball to eat some of the clock and keep them on defense because they want to run and they want to press.”

On how Troy did against a press that went 94 feet:
“We practiced on that, and it’s just like anything else; you can practice on it but it doesn’t always happen in the game. Against any pressing team, which this team was, you can’t turn it over two times in a row. You’re going to eventually turn it over because they are too good, and that’s what they do. Offensively, we kept them on defense long enough to make them start getting antsy, and it would give us a chance to maybe hang in the game. You have to give a lot of credit to them. They are a great offensive rebounding team, and they have just tremendous athletes. They have NBA guys out here, so our kids did a pretty good job.”